The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has embarked on an initiative called Earth Hour 2009, which encourages people around the globe to turn off their lights for one hour on March 28 at 8:30 p.m.
The project is said to be designed to “ignite a new call for action on climate change in the US and around the world.” Organizers feel it provides a way for individuals, businesses and organizations to express their concern for climate change and call for action from their elected leaders.
“Earth Hour 2009 is an event in which actions really do speak louder than words,” said Richard Moss, PhD, WWF’s vice president of climate change.
“This is a critical year for action on climate change, with the world’s leaders due to meet at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December to negotiate a global climate agreement,” Moss added.
In the US, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville and San Francisco are among the cities in some 74 countries participating in Earth Hour 2009, more than double the number of countries that took part in 2008.